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Chelidonia

LINDOS (Ancient city) LINDOS
   In the island of Rhodes, when the swallows returned (i. e. in the month Boedromion), boys, called chelidonistai, went from house to house asking gifts, professedly for the swallows, and singing a song that has been preserved in Athenaeus. The practice (chelidonia) was said to have been introduced by Cleobulus of Lindus at a time when the town was in great distress.

This text is from: Harry Thurston Peck, Harpers Dictionary of Classical Antiquities. Cited Nov 2002 from The Perseus Project URL below, which contains interesting hyperlinks


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